August 22, 2018
Efforts are underway to fight a dangerous species of mosquitos found in Los Banos.
The Merced County Mosquito Abatement found a mosquito known as the Aedes aegypti, which have the potential to transmit diseases like Zika and Yellow Fever
Rhiannon Jones from Merced County Mosquito Abatement said, “They are more like a backyard mosquito, this is the first time that mosquito has been introduced in this area.”
Jason Bakken says unlike your average mosquito, these can bite at any time of the day.
He says the mosquitos they found aren’t necessarily infected, but it has the potential to carry the diseases.
Bakken said the goal now is to, “Ramp up our efforts for surveillance, figure out how far this infestation goes, try to find the boundaries, see how widespread this is.”